Some dragonflies at a pond in St. Petersburg, Russia,
13 August, 2007
Here are some photos taken at a pond near the Neva River Riverboat Port in
St. Petersburg, Russia. I did not have a macro lens, and it was windy, so
some of the pictures are a bit fuzzy, having been taken with a 200 mm lens with
a 2x extender with a strobe flash.
The most common dragonflies at the pond were female Aeshna grandis,
ovipositing at the pond edges. They were so focused on their egg laying
that I was able to approach and pick up a female (I had no net with me). I
saw a couple of males patrolling the pond margins briefly.
Left below - Sympetrum flaveolum male; right below - Sympetrum
Right: A male Lestes sponsa damselfly.
Left - a male Sympetrum species.
Below: The temperature was approaching 90 degrees F while we were in St.
Petersburg, and every day was sunny - this brought out Russian sunbathers to
every pond margin and riverbank in the city, and ocassionally distracted even
the most dedicated dragonfly photographer from his appointed work...